While musicians in the Western world make lots of money through album sales, Rwandan musicians - unfortunately - do not make any money from their recordings. That is according to local hip hop star, Bull Dog (his real name, Malik Ndayishimiye, sounds better than his stage name).
The rapper, who is a member of the Taff Gangs Crew, told The Sunday Times that although he hopes to launch his maiden album early next year, he does not expect a significant financial return on his project.
"Our (Rwandan) music industry is so tricky. All one has to do is to try as hard as possible to be famous enough. Fame comes with invites for gigs. But one cannot expect a dime from album sales," he says.
For instance, Bull Dog says, he expects his album launch concert to set him back by at least Rwf5 million, "But I don't expect to get back that money."
So, where is the logic in injecting Rwf5 million in a project that one is sure won't fetch any profits, you may ask. "This will help me build a name for myself," responded Bull Dog confidently.